Last fall, students and staff at Ballard East Elementary School in Cambridge gathered for the opening of a time capsule that was buried in 1993 when the school’s playground, new at the time, was dedicated.


That 1993 time capsule had been dug up last summer as work began on a renovation of the playground, which included new playground equipment and activity areas.


It was decided that in celebration of the newly renovated playground, another time capsule would be buried at the end of the school year to commemorate another big milestone in the school’s history. Burying of the new time capsule and a ceremony were held on the playground last Thursday, May 30.


Over the past school year, a committee has worked to determine what items would be placed in the new time capsule. “We wanted to bury another one and let the next generation open it up and see what 2019 was like,” said Ballard East Principal Mike Manock.


Included in the new time capsule were items that the committee thought were popular this year, along with some information about the school at this time.


Fidget toys are very popular right now, even though the spinners have been banned from the school. Still, the committee wanted to note their popularity by including a fidget cube, as well as a “squishy” as items that are popular to play with in 2019.


Other things that were included:


• a list of popular athletes from different sports.


• a newspaper clipping from the Tri-County Times of when the old time capsule was opened back in September. The committee believes, “Newspapers might not even be around by the time this is opened.”


• a map of the school, labeled with the last names of teachers and staff who worked in each room.


• an M & M wrapper and a Pepsi can.


• logos from two popular video games, Minecraft and Fortnite.


• two popular books, “Harry Potter” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”


• a picture of the current student council, fifth-graders, and pictures of the staff for the 2018-19 school year, along with a current yearbook.


A note to Ballard’s future students, put in the time capsule, talks about all the items and shares the hope that when this time capsule is opened, the tradition will continue with another time capsule being buried.


Those who served on the time capsule committee included student council members: Jude Gibson, Max Davidson, Kaleb Dee, Elin Watson, McKenzie Dee, Jayden Leland, Jayden Lowe, Emily Moore, Molly Princehouse, Brady Hillebrand, Lauryn Wheeler, Emersyn Engstler, Isaac Wood, Abi Philgreen and Blake Krogman; student council adult sponsors, Mike Macki, Taylor Tuerler and Melissa Lee; fourth-grade teacher, Jessica Demry; parent volunteer, Megan Buttz; Principal Mike Manock and custodian, Dan Warg.


At the ceremony, Principal Manock said the playground has been a wonderful project that many have been able to express ideas about. “We have a suggestion box by the school office for students to give ideas of what they’d like to see added,” he said. Some things suggested over this school year will be worked on this summer, and be new to kids when they return next fall.